Department of Education
The Educational Diagnostician Program at West Texas A&M University has been designed to emphasize the professional standards for Diagnostic Specialists recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children with emphasis in assessment, research-based practices and interventions. All classes are online and easily accessible for students across the United States.
More about the Masters Degree Program for Educational Diagnostician. Click this link for Program Objectives.
A candidate must:
The following 9 hours of leveling courses are required for students who do not have an undergraduate special education background or whose special education course work (with a minimum of 3.0 GPA) was not taken within 6 years of admission to the diagnostician program:
and, for students seeking certification in Texas:
or, for students not seeking certification in Texas, the following course:
All assessment courses (i.e., EDSP 6376 and EDSP 6377 and EPSY 6322 and EPSY 6374) must be taken at West Texas A&M University; assessment course work from other universities will not be accepted. Experience in the field of Special Education will not be considered in lieu of course work.
Candidates seeking the M.Ed. with or without certification as well as those seeking certification only are required to pass a comprehensive exam during the last semester of course work. Also, two years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher and successful completion of the educational diagnostician certification exam are also required for certification.
Program Fee: A candidate who is hired by a school district and requests recommendation for internship on a probationary certificate will be assessed an annual fee of $300 plus mileage (i.e., the total miles a supervisor must travel to supervise interns) to offset the expense of supervision required by the Texas Administrative Code.
Field experiences, clinical teaching, practicums, and internships required for Texas Certification must be completed in a school accredited by the Texas Education Agency and approved by WTAMU. A non-certification option that does not require field experiences, clinical teaching, practicums, and internships in Texas is available for students whose residency is outside the state of Texas.